Anthony Johnson Hit with Identity Theft Charges Following Bellator Debut

Anthony Johnson, Bellator 258
Anthony Johnson, Bellator 258 Credit: Bellator MMA

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson made his promotional debut at Bellator 258 last Friday, earning himself a title shot by getting past replacement fighter Jose Augusto in the light heavyweight grand prix.

Credit: New Canaan Police Department

However, he has come out of the trip with more than just a win. Instead, Johnson has picked up identity theft charges.

According to a report by the Daily Voice, Johnson was arrested by police in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, May 8 — the day following Bellator 258, which was held at the same venue.

Following a complaint lodged in 2019 alleging credit card fraud, in which round trip airfare from Florida to New Jersey in the name of Anthony Johnson was purchased using the victim’s credit card, a warrant was obtained by the New Canaan Police Department for Johnson. That warrant cited multiple charges for illegal use the credit card.

Per documents obtained via New Canaan Police, Johnson has been charged with identity theft, receipt from the illegal use of a credit card, and cited for spending less than $500 on a revoked payment card.

Johnson, 37, a resident of Florida, was released on $500 bond and scheduled to attend court on June 8.

This is not Johnson’s first run-in with the law. In 2019, he was nabbed on domestic violence charges. In 2012, a woman also alleged that he knocked out two of her teeth. The complainant declined to press charges, but Johnson was briefly suspended by the UFC, for whom he was competing at the time.

Bellator 258 marked “Rumble” Johnson’s first fight in nearly four years. It also earned him a title shot against Vadim Nemkov. Bellator officials have not yet responded to a request for comment regarding the matter.